Portrait of Keith Haring and Juan Dubose

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of Keith Haring and Juan Dubose

Artist/Maker(s):

Andy Warhol (American, 1928 - 1987)

Culture:

American

Date:

1983

Medium:

Polaroid dye diffusion print

Dimensions:

9.5 x 7.3 cm (3 3/4 x 2 7/8 in.)

Copyright:

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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The early 1980s saw the emergence of artists, including Keith Haring, whose work originated in or was inspired by graffiti, the stylized words and pictures that rebellious adolescents were spray-painting on walls and other public surfaces in urban America. Andy Warhol made Haring's acquaintance in 1982.

Haring attributed his simple graphic style, which Warhol praised as "cartoonist," to the hallucinatory power of drugs. Warhol made his Polaroids of Haring, seen here on the left, and his partner Juan Dubose, in preparation for several forty by forty-inch painted portraits, one executed in black and white. The camera's flash and studio lighting created strong shadows that haunt the figures. Warhol helped his young friends deal with problems caused by their early success, but portraits such as this–heavy with memorial overtones–suggest that he was also prescient about their early deaths.

Exhibitions
Nadar/Warhol: Paris/New York (July 20, 1999 to May 28, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 1999
  • The Andy Warhol Museum, (Pittsburgh), November 6, 1999 to January 30, 2000
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art, (Baltimore), March 12 to May 28, 2000
Ten Years In Focus: The Artist and the Camera (March 18 to August 10, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 18 to August 10, 2008
Bibliography

Baldwin, Gordon, and Judith Keller. Nadar Warhol: Paris New York: Photography and Fame. Introduction by Richard Brilliant. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999) p. 179.